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4010 Mt Diablo Blvd.
Lafayette, CA, 94549

Located in the Bay Area, CA, we're a family-owned garden center offering unusual and hard-to-find plants & gifts. Established 1946.

Lilacs 101

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Lilacs 101

Lauren Brookhart

Nothing says spring like the wonderfully fragrant blooms of lilac! Growing into a large shrub, lilacs bloom in many colors, ranging from white to lavender to purple. Although they bloom only in spring, they are attractive the rest of the growing season, with large heart-shaped apple green leaves which drop cleanly in fall.

Plant lilacs in full sun to very light shade. Many varieties of lilacs need a substantial winter chill to bloom well, and do great in most of central Contra Costa County. For our customers in warm winter areas, such as Alameda County, we recommend low chill varieties, such as Angel White, Blue Skies and Lavender Lady.

Lilacs are drought resistant once established and need only light pruning right after bloom (pruning later can remove developing flower buds). They require only occasional feeding. We recommend fertilizing once with Master Nursery Multi-Purpose Fertilizer 16-16-16 after bloom and once with Master Bloom 0-10-10 once in fall.

Right now we have a great selection of lilacs, many of which are in bud. See below for images of some of our varieties available now, and what to expect upon flowering! Plant now and you’ll have fragrant bouquets like these in spring!

Questions? Stop in today and let's talk lilacs!